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Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in progress, anticipated 2022 completion

St. John's University – New York, NY

Currently on internship at Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants (2021-2022)

Master of Science (M.S.); School Psychology

St. John's University – New York, NY

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); Clinical Social Work

Fordham University – New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Psychology with Minors in Philosophy and Visual Arts

Barnard College of Columbia University – New York, NY


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  • Meta-research: What makes "good science" and how do we get there? Specific interests include questionable research practices, publication bias, open science initiatives, measurement, methodology, theory in psychology, philosophy of science, and paradigm shift. I am currently working on a project aimed at identifying barriers to adoption of open science practices in psychology.

  • Childhood and adolescent solitude and social withdrawal: Isolative behavior can look similar from child to child, though we have come to understand that children may have differing motivations and feelings about their solitude. A child's motivation for solitude or social withdrawal can impact their trajectory and outcomes. A child who is shy, for example, may avoid socializing as a result of fear of social judgment, while another child may simply prefer solitary play without feeling anxiety around peers. I am currently working on a project evaluating measurement and analysis of social withdrawal behaviors in adolescents.

  • Research in clinical practice: I am on the research team at Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants, where I am currently running a study evaluating our adolescent OCD Intensive program. I am looking forward to co-chairing a clinical round table on adapting CBT and DBT group therapies for virtual format at ABCT 2021 in New Orleans- please stop by!


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Clinical Work

I am currently in my internship year of training and not yet a licensed psychologist. I have received intensive training in evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In addition, a large part of my training as a school psychologist has included a focus on psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessment, and addressing challenges relating to learning and education. My applied training thus far has included experience in a private practice, public school district, community-based mental health clinic, hospital-based outpatient setting, and residential treatment program. 


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I teach Experimental Psychology at Hunter College, a four-credit lecture + lab course required of all undergraduate psychology majors. This course provides a broad overview of research practices in psychological science, including experimental design, ethical considerations, data collection, data analysis, methods of communicating results, literature searches, philosophy of science, and current directions in open and reproducible science. This is a challenging course, organized around the development and execution of four research projects.

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